The Pirates began the weekend with a loss to the Worcester Sharks, but managed to come from behind, down by three goals Saturday to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling 4-3 in the shootout. The win sent the Pirates home 1-1-1 on the weekend as they improved their record to 4-5-1-1 on the season.
It was also the Pirates second road victory of the season (2-4-1-1).
With the game tied at 1-1, Stone picked up a backdoor pass from Jordan Szwarz, blasting a one-timer by Bears’ goalie Braden Holtby at the 10:36 mark of the second period to push the Pirates head, 2-1.
Pirates’ captain Alexandre Bolduc was whistled for slashing eight minutes into the period and as the penalty expired he stepped out of the box where a race ensure between him and Holtby for the loose puck in the right circle.
Bolduc won the race, shoveling it into an open net to give Portland an insurance goal, 3-1, with 9:55 to play in the game.
The Bears had opened the scoring in the game to grab a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Tomas Kundratek after he pounced on a rebound from the initial shot by Jeff Taffe, beating Pirates’ goalie Chad Johnson just 6:18 into the first period.
With both sides skating four-on-four, Chris Conner fired a shot toward the net that deflected off a player in front to forward Andy Miele, who was alone at the right post, snapping a quick shot by Holtby to even the game, 1-1, at the 14:00 of the first period.
Holtby stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss, while Chad Johnson improves to 4-3-1 after making 22 saves in the victory for the Pirates.
NOTES: Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forwards Ethan Werek and Darian Dziurzynski were scratched due to injury. Scott Arnold and Mark Louis were listed as healthy scratches…. The Hershey Bears features several players with Maine connections as Mathieu Beaudoin and Garrett Stafford played last season for the Pirates, Kevin Marshall played three seasons (2005-2008) for the former Lewiston Maineiacs and Jon DiSalvatore was born in Bangor… Pirates’ heavyweight Joel Rechlicz returned to the Giant Center for the first time since signing with the Pirates’ NHL parent club, the Phoenix Coyotes. Rechlicz played the previous two seasons with the Hershey Bears.